Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that he met with the victims of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida while serving in office.
While speaking to reporters in Iowa on Saturday, Biden — the frontrunner of the two dozen Democrats vying for their party’s presidential nomination in 2020 — pulled his latest gaffe, claiming that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president” and that the lawmakers on Capitol Hill at the time of the shooting were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them.”
“They did not want to face it on camera,” he continued.
The 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School happened more than a year after Vice President Mike Pence took over his old position. Seventeen people had their lives taken in the attack.
Biden today: "When the kids from Parkland marched up and I met with them, and then they went up on the hill, when I was Vice President…"
Parkland happened after Biden left office.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) August 11, 2019
An official with Biden’s presidential campaign claimed that the former vice president misspoke and that he was actually talking about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
The vice president’s gaffe came as he was calling for the nation to change the way it thinks about gun ownership while speaking at the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund’s Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines.
His comments on the shooting are the latest in a series of flounders the 2020 Democratic frontrunner has pulled.
As IJR Red previously reported, Biden told some of his supporters this week that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids,” prompting a response from President Donald Trump, who said that the former vice president was not “playing with a full deck.”
“Joe is not playing with a full deck. He made that comment, I said, ‘Woah,’” said the president to reporters in the White House driveway on Monday. “This is not somebody you can have as your president, but if he got the nomination, I’d be thrilled.”